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Here's Joe Schmidt in full flight kick-chasing his way to a try in '89

The Manawatu flier left Jean-Baptiste Lafond in his dust.

WE’VE SEEN GLIMPSES of Joe Schmidt in action as a player, but today we stumbled on this piece of archive gold from France’s tour of New Zealand in 1989.

Playing on the left wing for Manawatu, Joe Schmidt was clearly a favoured tactical ploy for the north island region on the day. Before scoring this second half kick-chase try, he had already gone incredible close to converting a similar effort in the first half.

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Quick celebration and then back to work.

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If we know anything about Joe Schmidt though, it’s that he’s anything but one-dimensional when it comes to rugby. He was pretty sharp in defence too, as he showed with this this first-half try-saving tackle.

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Here’s the full highlights of Les Bleus’ victory. Schmidt’s try comes on the 12.30 mark.

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